This trail connects the Hieroglyph and Peralta trailheads. Christened the "Lost Goldmine Trail" (see notes #1)
in the spring of 2001, it was the result of the hard work of volunteers under the direction of the Superstition Land Trust organization. There is now a seamless connection between the Peralta and Dutchman State Park trailheads with the new Lost Goldmine trail eventually extending westward to meet Jacob's Crosscut trail in the vicinity of the Broadway trailhead.
its young age, this
, gentle trail through the Superstition foothills is already quite
popular as we saw many
on a weekday afternoon. It is relatively flat and generally
follows the contours of the terrain, remaining just outside of the Wilderness
Area boundary, which is easily seen by the barbed wire fence. Because of this,
the trail is also open to mountain bikes, although I saw none or any tracks on
the day I went.
brand new trail signs
posted at either end of the trail and for my
description we will begin from the Hieroglyph end. From the parking lot at the
east end of Cloudview Rd. you head out east on the Hieroglyphic Trail for no
more than a quarter mile till you come to the Lost Goldmine Trail intersection
on top of a low ridge. From there you drop off the east side of the ridge and
head north until you come to the W.A. boundary where you then start heading east
along the south side of the fence.
two prominent hills
ahead of you that will require skirting around the bases
to the south. Between the two you will cross a large bare rock drainage that
spots of water
despite the very dry conditions. Shortly thereafter you will
come to a surprising jeep trail that appears well used and crosses the trail
coming from the south and heads straight into the valley between the hills
extending all the way back to the boundary. In this large canyon is a very
large and prominent cave/alcove high upon the south face, which can be easily
seen from the trail
Continuing on, you finish rounding hill "2822" and once
again continue to follow the boundary. Along the way you will encounter the
remains of an
old water retention dam
. I am continually amazed by the number of such
structures one encounters in the Superstitions that now appear permanently dry.
Could this be due to a recent geological change in the area or possibly a change
in weather patterns? I don't know the answer, but have been informed that the
underground water table in the valley is not a factor.
A little further on at about the 4.75mi point you'll cross
the Carney Spring trailhead. The
views of the ridgeline are quite spectacular here. Finally you will make a
quick dip to the south to cross a gully where you may notice one of the tallest
saguaros I have ever seen. Coming right out of the bottom of the gully, it is a
single stalk with one low arm and I swear it must be about twice as tall as any
saguaro I've ever seen! Unfortunately, I was not able to photograph it, but
here's one that's quite expressive!
From here you make a quick climb up the other side and to
the end of the trail, which is actually in the Don's camp parking lot. While
just a quick walk from the Peralta trailhead, it is outside the W.A. boundary
and thus no parking charges.
Although it is my understanding that the Forest Service has
some kind of map of this new trail, I'm not aware that it is yet available for
human consumption. Therefore I have included a GPS generated topo map of the
trail for those who are interested.
- Jan 05 2002 FritzskiOne-Way Notice:
Although the dictionary correctly spells "goldmine" as two separate
words, I will refer to it in this description as it is actually shown on the
This hike is listed as One-Way. When you hike several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example